The federal government is close to removing gray wolves from the endangered species list.
According to KSTP, the wolves, which live in northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, have bounced back from near extinction to population levels nearly twice what is required by the endangered species list.
The Department of the Interior plans to propose a plan for the wolves in early 2011, with a final vote on the plan coming by the end of that year, according to Assistant Secretary Thomas Strickland.
WCCO reported that Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced last week that she hoped the wolves would be removed from the list because they have become a threat to various Minnesota industries.
In a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Klobuchar said that the wolves are "hurting our farms, families and businesses, and our hunting industry."